Tuesday, September 27, 2011

We the Fodder must once again become We the People!

By John Sykes

It’s about time Americans faced the fact that there is a monopoly of our political system disguised by a duopoly of the political parties.

This monopoly is that of the incumbents. Somewhere around 97% of the people reelected to Congress are incumbents. The political class, Republicans and Democrats, will do anything they can to stay in power. Paul Jacobs said:

Republicans believe in certain things and Democrats in certain other things. But once in office, they both believe in one thing above all else: incumbency!

When there is a political decision to be made that strengthens the power of incumbents, you’ll see what they try to tell us is political compromise with a vote from both sides of the aisle overwhelmingly in favor of incumbencies. This isn’t compromise or even good politics. It’s a dictatorship of incumbents, by incumbents, for incumbents at the expense of We the Fodder.

There is a solution – term limits. .

In 71% Favor Term Limits for Congress Rasmussen reports:

But only 18% of all voters think Congress is even somewhat likely to pass legislation that establishes term limits on people elected to Congress, with five percent (5%) who say it’s Very Likely. Seventy-five percent (75%) feel Congress is unlikely to limit how long its members can serve. That includes 27% who say it’s Not At All Likely. According to Scott Rasmussen, president of Rasmussen Reports, “Voters recognize that expecting Members of Congress to place reasonable limits on themselves is like expecting toddlers to select a reasonable bedtime.”

Without term limits there will not be any of the structural reform we need. The seething DC cauldrons of power and money will simply continue to feed themselves with our sweat and toil until we no longer have any more to give.

James Madison wrote:

No political truth is certainly of greater intrinsic value or is stamped with the authority of more enlightened patrons of liberty than that … the accumulation of all powers legislative, executive and judiciary in the same hands, whether of one, a few or many, and whether hereditary, self appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.

Term limits are never going to happen unless We the Fodder get up on our hind legs and once again demand to be We the People!